“One can’t paint New York as it is, but rather as it is felt.” ― Georgia O’Keeffe
I should start off by saying Day 2 was a Friday in December. The reason these two facts matter is because daylight was fleeting and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (aka the Met) is open late on Friday nights, which made for the perfect Upper East Side itinerary – Central Park, followed by the Guggenheim Museum and, finally, the Met.
While in the area, I stopped by Lincoln Center, home to the New York Philharmonic, ballet, opera, and Juilliard School.
Enter Central Park at Columbus Circle (59th Street) and you can walk your way through the park . . . or enlist a horse-drawn carriage!
Walk up through Central Park, following the winding paths, and past hot dog vendors. Take a moment to sit down on one of the many large rocks dotting the landscape and take in the view of the park and the surrounding buildings, big and small.
Exit Central Park on E. 79th or E. 85th Street and make your way up 5th Avenue to the Guggenheim Museum.
Marvel at Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece.
I’m also told there is art inside 😉
The gallery houses a permanent collection including pieces by Van Gogh, Chagall, Monet, and Picasso. All in all, you can probably get in and out in about two hours, after which I recommend making your way down to the Met.
Having already walked the park, take in the view of the grand apartments on Millionaire’s Row that line 5th Avenue as you make your way from the Guggenheim to the Met.
You could literally spend days in the Met and still not see the entire collection consisting of seventeen acres of galleries. However, this itinerary contemplates about three to four hours. I went on a Friday night, which meant that the museum was open late and I could avail myself of a glass of wine and live music at the Great Hall Balcony Bar.
Whether you lose yourself in the Met or devise a strategic plan of attack, you’ll have plenty of excuses to return to this national treasure.
End the day at a warm bistro or busy delicatessen, knowing that you visited arguably the most beautiful indoor and outdoor attractions NYC has to offer . . . and burned many calories in the process!